Blackberry Milkshake IPA All Grain Recipe Kit

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A milkshake beer you ask? In another moment of brilliance from craft brewers, a deliciously fresh take on the New England IPA has emerged. Soft malt character with a luscious, smooth, creamy body and intricate tropical fruit flavors set the stage to recreate the characteristics of the beloved milkshake. Additions of lactose, vanilla, and blackberry construct this illusion and make this recipe truly one-of-a-kind. Milkshake flavored beer, what could be better?

Brewing Notes:

  • Style: Milkshake IPA
  • Fermentation Range: 64 - 72°F
  • Original Gravity: 1.067
  • SRM: 4.5
  • IBU: 38
  • ABV: 6.0%

Tasting Notes:

  • Aroma: Low, clean grainy malt aroma with tropical fruit hop character. Medium-low scents of blackberry and moderate vanilla undertones.
  • Appearance: Bright golden color with significant haze and a brilliantly white foam cap.
  • Flavor: Complex flavor profile of bready malts and a kaleidoscope of tropical fruit flavors consisting of mango, pineapple, passion fruit, and bright citrus. Background notes of noticeable blackberry and a prominent vanilla character.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-full body with considerable creaminess thanks to the addition of lactose. Moderate carbonation and offers a long, smooth, lingering finish.

 

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Additional information

SKU

B11803 - Unmilled
B11804 - Crushed

Beer Color Light
Original Gravity

1.067

Total Time to Make 6 weeks
Regional Style USA
Alcohol Content Medium
Yield 5 Gallons
Beer Style NEIPA, New England IPA, Milkshake IPA, Specialty IPA
Fermentation Type Ale
Beer Recipe Kit Instructions Click here for recipe kit instructions

Notes from Brad, Northern Brewer Head Brewer:

A variant of the ever-popular New England style IPA, milkshake IPAs explode with flavors you would normally find as a desert in a diner. In this particular recipe, a healthy dose of crystallized blackberry powder and vanilla powder mingle with the luscious, creamy malt backbone of this beer and super-fruity hop flavors to create the impression of a milkshake, but in beer form. The real driving ingredient in this beer is an addition of lactose (milk sugar) to lend a robust body and creaminess that really prompt thoughts of the famous ice cream-based frosty treat.

The hop addition at the beginning of the boil may seem counterintuitive in a generally low IBU style, but plays an important role in balancing out the flavor profile of this beer and keeps it from coming off as too sweet due to the lactose and semi-sweet vanilla additions. Then, after the boil is complete, we conduct a hop stand (whirlpool) at 170F to extract the lovely oils from the hops, but not cause the alpha acids in the hops to isomerize and create additional bitterness. These high oil content hops create a wonderfully pleasing tropical fruit flavor profile that is perfectly complemented by the addition of crystallized blackberry. Rounding it all off with gourmet vanilla flavoring really brings all of these flavors together in perfect harmony and provides an uncanny resemblance to the classic milkshake.

If you are brewing the all-grain version of this recipe, it is highly recommended to add ½ lb of rice hulls to the mash to help keep it from sticking. The large amounts of huskless ingredients in the grain bill lend themselves to easily clogging up a mash tun, and the rice hulls will really help to ensure the mash remains fluid and wort can flow through the grain bed unimpeded.

Customer Reviews

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One of the best. Brew it!

This is my second round with the all grain version. FYI, I enjoy NEIPAs but I'm not obsessed. This recipe is excellent, and will get rave reviews. My not a beer snob but not a macro brew drinker either amigo looked me dead in the eye and claimed it was the best beer he ever had. I keg hopped the second brew as it fermented fast and found it to be just as good. FYI the tiny amount of blackberry powder is very sticky, dissolve it slowly or it will clump. I would also consider cutting the lactose down if I did it again, I think it would benefit.

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Gwerdwad
Berry tastic

Only disappointed in the color, but I added some blueberry puree and the dark blue purple came out nicely

Y
You're I.L.B.H.
Blackberry IPA Milkshake

I bottle my beer, easier to share. Had one 4 days after bottling. Citra hop overpowered the beer in my opinion.The wort sat on the dry hop for 7 days I really had to think about if there was any hint of blackberry and vanilla. I give a couple beers to my neighbor without telling him what I gave him and ask him what he tasted. If he gets it right I consider the beer a success. I am waiting for a week or two before sharing with him. If I did this again I would add frozen blackberries for more berry flavor. Maybe decrease the dry hop amount. Having said all this, I like the beer. Give it a whirl. Cheers!

C
Charles P.
Exceeded my Expectation

I've never been much to "fruit" the beer but I've heard so much about the milkshake style that I wanted to try it. Went in with little expectations. Did random tastings throughout fermentation and actually considered not adding the lactose, blackberry & vanilla flavorings. The IPA was great as it was. I ultimately did add the flavorings, kegged/carbed and after a couple days sampled once more. WOW. The flavor was beyond what I expected. Just a hint of blackberry/vanilla in the background. I've received great feedback from all that have tried it. I will put this on the repeat list, it is one of the better brews from Northern Brewer.

D
Danny P.
Wow! This one is good.

As always, the ingredients were excellent. The recipe was well balanced. One of my favorite brews I made. Northern Brewer makes it easy! Thank you.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 30 reviews
70%
(21)
20%
(6)
10%
(3)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
W
W
One of the best. Brew it!

This is my second round with the all grain version. FYI, I enjoy NEIPAs but I'm not obsessed. This recipe is excellent, and will get rave reviews. My not a beer snob but not a macro brew drinker either amigo looked me dead in the eye and claimed it was the best beer he ever had. I keg hopped the second brew as it fermented fast and found it to be just as good. FYI the tiny amount of blackberry powder is very sticky, dissolve it slowly or it will clump. I would also consider cutting the lactose down if I did it again, I think it would benefit.

G
Gwerdwad
Berry tastic

Only disappointed in the color, but I added some blueberry puree and the dark blue purple came out nicely

Y
You're I.L.B.H.
Blackberry IPA Milkshake

I bottle my beer, easier to share. Had one 4 days after bottling. Citra hop overpowered the beer in my opinion.The wort sat on the dry hop for 7 days I really had to think about if there was any hint of blackberry and vanilla. I give a couple beers to my neighbor without telling him what I gave him and ask him what he tasted. If he gets it right I consider the beer a success. I am waiting for a week or two before sharing with him. If I did this again I would add frozen blackberries for more berry flavor. Maybe decrease the dry hop amount. Having said all this, I like the beer. Give it a whirl. Cheers!

C
Charles P.
Exceeded my Expectation

I've never been much to "fruit" the beer but I've heard so much about the milkshake style that I wanted to try it. Went in with little expectations. Did random tastings throughout fermentation and actually considered not adding the lactose, blackberry & vanilla flavorings. The IPA was great as it was. I ultimately did add the flavorings, kegged/carbed and after a couple days sampled once more. WOW. The flavor was beyond what I expected. Just a hint of blackberry/vanilla in the background. I've received great feedback from all that have tried it. I will put this on the repeat list, it is one of the better brews from Northern Brewer.

D
Danny P.
Wow! This one is good.

As always, the ingredients were excellent. The recipe was well balanced. One of my favorite brews I made. Northern Brewer makes it easy! Thank you.